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Francesco Crispi 1818-1901From Nation to Nationalism$
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Christopher Duggan

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198206118

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206118.001.0001

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From London to Quarto, 1858–1860

From London to Quarto, 1858–1860

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(p.149) 6 From London to Quarto, 1858–1860
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Francesco Crispi 1818-1901
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CHRISTOPHER DUGGAN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198206118.003.0007

Francesco Crispi returned to England on the eve of his fortieth birthday. He did not exactly like London, but some of his friends were there, including Rosalino Pilo. Pilo and Crispi were to be close neighbours over the next nine months, discussing developments in Italy as the dramatic events of 1859 unfolded. The situation in the South, and above all in Sicily, drew Crispi's particular attention. The war against Austria and the revolutions in central Italy had given heart to many southern liberals, though they were still deeply confused as to their goals and tactics. Aside from launching an insurrection in the South, the main task facing the democrats at this time was trying to win the backing of the newly established liberal governments in central Italy for their cause of achieving unification. This chapter also chronicles Crispi's travel to Quarto in Genoa, where Giuseppe Garibaldi was hatching plans for his expedition to Sicily.

Keywords:   Francesco Crispi, Italy, Sicily, unification, insurrection, Rosalino Pilo, England, democrats, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Quarto

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